November 14, 2022

Coldbox recipient of 2022 CEBA built by the best award


The Controlled Environment Building Association(CEBA) names Coldbox and Griffco Design/Build, Inc. as the 2022 CEBA Built by the Best Award recipients. The announcement was made during the closing General Session of the CEBA Annual Conference and Expo held this week in Florida. CEBA members are true experts in building the cold chain, and in recognizing their tremendous expertise, the CEBA Built by the Best Award was launched in 2016.The award acknowledges project teams moving the industry forward in designing and constructing controlled environment facilities.

Coldbox received the CEBA Built by the Best Award – Project Under $35 million for a facility built for Confederation Freezers in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Confederation Freezers saw demand for its business increase substantially. As a result, it needed additional space within its existing site to accommodate growing customer needs. The company hired Coldbox to expand and alter the facility by 109,000 square feet to make it more practical. One challenge was that Confederation Freezers needed to maintain full operation and service during construction. As a solution, Coldbox took a progressive design-build approach to ensure that construction could happen while Confederation Freezer’s workers were not interrupted. With the finished facility, Coldbox was able to increase Confederation Freezer’s storage capacity of this building by 50%, which helped the company meet demand. 

"Coldbox, Confederation Freezers, and all of the CEBA members who worked on the project created a warehouse we can all be proud of," said Paul D'Agostino, Chief Operations Officer, Coldbox. "We look forward to continuing to grow and nurture our relationships with new and existing partners in the cold storage industry."

Coldbox recipient of 2022 ceba built by the best award
Photo – Confederation Freezers, Brantford Facility.

Griffco Design/Build, Inc. received the CEBA Built By the Best Award – Project Over$35 million for their work on Phase I of Americold’s Gateway facility(Atlanta, GA), a 200,000 SF Brownfield automated building.

Three honorable mention submissions: ESI Group USA for the Ben E. Keith Foods food distribution facility – New Brockton, AL, United States; Primus Builders for the Cold Summit Development cold storage facility – Dallas, TX, United States; Ryan Companies for the Kroger Co./Ocado automated grocery fulfillment center – Forest Park, GA, United States.

Four finalists: AM King for Mission Produce, Inc. food distribution facility - Laredo, TX, United States, Coldbox for the Confederation Freezers expansion project -Brantford, ON, Canada, Fisher Construction Group for the Arctic Cold cold storage facility – Oxnard, CA, United States, Griffco Design/Build, Inc. for the Americold Gateway automated freezer facility project - Atlanta, GA, United States.

All submissions were vetted by a panel of judges, including Zach Norris, Vice President of Evans General Contracting; Rob Adams, Executive Vice President of Ti Cold; Burnie Taylor, Chief Development &Solutions Officer, Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics; Mike Lynch, Vice President of Engineering, US Cold Storage; Charles Woolley, Manager, Controlled Environment Systems and Rob Brodsky, Senior Vice President, Stellar.

Photo–(L-R) Marko Dzeletovich, Founder & CEO, Coldbox; Paul D’Agostino, Chief Operations Officer, Coldbox; James Rogers, Vice President, Business Development, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

About Coldbox Builders Inc.

Founded in 2008 by Marko Dzeletovich, Coldbox Builders Inc. is a plan-design builder focused solely on profit-efficient, environmentally controlled facilities for the food and pharmaceutical supply chains. From box-in-a-box to greenfield automated facilities, our in-house engineering and construction specialists work collaboratively to deliver optimized turnkey projects that support our clients’ business growth. Coldbox has completed millions of cubic feet of manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities for new entrepreneurial business ventures and Fortune 75 companies.

About the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA)

Founded in1978, the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) represents the expert builders who specialize in the design and construction of controlled environment buildings, including cold storage warehouses, food processing facilities, clean rooms, pharmaceutical facilities, and foodservice and retail distribution centers. CEBA is where anyone looking to build, renovate, or modernize a first-rate, innovative facility finds the most experienced designers, contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers. CEBA is a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

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